This Castle Films travelogue features a "Holiday in Holland" circa 1950. It features shots of windmills, tulips, the Island of Marken with its population in traditional Dutch dress including wooden clogs, rural villages like Volendam, the Sikkens factory, St. John's church in Gouda, various sights in Haarlem, the cheese market in Alkmaar, and more. Winter sports including skating competitions are shown, as well as an annual celebration to honor the recovery of land from flooding. Queen Juliana is also seen at the end of the film.
Marken is a peninsula in the Markermeer, in the Netherlands and a former island in the Zuiderzee, located in the municipality Waterland in the province North Holland. It is the namesake of the Markermeer, the body of water which surrounds it. The former island is nowadays connected to the North Holland mainland by a causeway. Also, Marken is a well-known tourist attraction, well known for its characteristic wooden houses. For some time during the later 19th and early 20th centuries, Marken and its inhabitants were the focus of considerable attention by folklorists, ethnographers and physical anthropologists, who regarded the small fishing town as a relic of the traditional native culture that was destined to disappear as the modernization of the Netherlands gained pace. Among them was the Belgian painter Xavier Mellery who stayed in Marken at the request of Decoster. He was asked to perform illustrative work and delivered several intimist works.
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